Smith-Jones, a 60-year-old gran, has donated one of her kidneys to her
7-year-old granddaughter thereby giving her a new lease of life.
Dowling was diagnosed with a rare and fatal kidney and liver disease known as
atypical hemolytic uremic syndrome when she was 3 months old.
girl was unable to eat or drink and had to spend days in the hospital
undergoing dialysis. She had to be fed
via a tube in the stomach and also required frequent blood transfusions.
hemolytic uremic syndrome is a disease condition that produces clots that block
the blood vessels and can lead to kidney failure.
were skeptical of a kidney transplant in her for fear of increased chances of
organ rejection likely due to frequent blood transfusions.
When gran Eileen Smith-Jones fortunately found herself a
perfect match for kidney transplant, she generously came forward to donate a
kidney to her granddaughter and transformed her life.
60-year-old gran has also broken the age gap record by donating kidney to her
6-year-old granddaughter - the biggest ever age gap between a donor and a
recipient in the UK.
who has named her new kidney 'Miss Kitty', has now successfully got rid of the
milk formula and enjoys chocolates and porridge.
is now able to attend full-time school since she has to visit hospital only
once a fortnight.
too has recuperated well from the surgery.
'Unfortunately giving a kidney didn't make me any lighter,' she said.
'But my cravings for chocolate and red wine have gone.'
Eva's mother Nicola
Dowling, 34, is very much thankful to her mother for what she has done.
The transplant was
made possible only by a prohibitively costly drug called Eculizumab, which suppresses
the immune system.
said "We want to get the message
out there that it is a lifesaver and without it people like Eva wouldn't be
able to even have a transplant."
It is likely that
Eva has to take the drug through the rest of her life, and her family is hoping
to get funding from the NHS for the Ģ12,000-a-month drug.